Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Menage a Trois or Folie a Deux?

It takes two to tango, but what about three? Is that a square dance? Threesomes, are of course, a part of sexual lore, but apart from prurient associations, why is the human desire to connect often expressed in couplets—and heroic ones of the kind one finds in Alexander Pope's “The Rape of the Lock?" If you look at it as an insurance matter, a threesome provides a certain degree of protection from loss. If one member of the threesome expires the remaining two have each other. Not only this, but the classic duo epitomizes the romantic agony, often at its basest level. Many couples displace their hatred for themselves, particularly during the third trimester of life when it’s apparent dreams will not become realities, rather than on themselves. It’s a convenient psychodynamic trick and useful in many ways, but ultimately nothing close to what one might call pleasure. Add another person to the mix and you're back in the agora where everyone must be their best selves or risk obsolescence. Internecine jealousies only serve to increase the value of a partner who might otherwise be taken for granted. The menage a trois also has implications evolutionarily to the extent that it increases the gene pool while lessening what former National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster recently termed “strategic narcissism” with respect to America’s unilateral withdrawal from the Afghanistan.

Read "Sperm Count: Is Squirting An Urban Myth" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

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